Budget Friendly Activities for Kids this Summer

•Features some gifted items• There are two weeks left of the summer holidays here in the south of England, and sometimes it can feel a little like the days stretch out ahead, requiring all the money to keep kids occupied and amused. I am fortunate to not only to have the summer with my children, but to also have both my mum and my husband off work for the duration,...

A Visit to Kidz Island on South Parade Pier

•Complimentary review visit• A couple of weeks ago, Ed and I made the 45 minute car journey over to South Parade Pier in Southsea to visit Kidz Island – a family amusement area situated at the end of the pier. We had been kindly gifted unlimited ride wristbands, which you can purchase for just £7.50, allowing you to go on as many rides as you would like throughout the day....

Lunching at Neo Restaurant

•Complimentary meal• It isn’t often I go out for a meal at lunchtime, so it made a nice change to meet up with fellow local blogger Rachael at NEO, a restaurant located opposite Bournemouth pier, next to the prestigious Hermitage Hotel. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and we were visiting to try out NEO’s newly launched A La Carte menu. To start, I went for the Ham...

4 Big Mistakes To Watch Out For When Planning A Wedding

•Contributed Collaborative Post• Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life, second only to the birth of your children. But the months leading up to the wedding are going to be one of the most stressful. There are so many details to sort out and you’re constantly going to be worrying about whether everything will go to plan or not. For the most part, you...

First Thoughts on the Lily Cup One Menstrual Cup

•Gifted item• I will be the first to admit that, at the grand old age of thirty, I had never used a menstrual cup before, or even knew much about them. I certainly hadn’t ever tried one out, and I was a little apprehensive when I was offered to trial the Lily Cup One from INTIMINA, not being sure whether I would be able to get on with it. Menstrual...

Where To Go For Afternoon Tea – Bournemouth & Surrounding Areas

I never used to go for an afternoon tea, as I am a bit of a fussy eater and don’t drink hot drinks, so it always seemed like something I wouldn’t enjoy. However, I have actually attended several review visits over the past year or so, and have come to love this rather indulgent meal. As it is National Afternoon Tea Week (12th-18th August), I figured it was the perfect...

Amelie Comes to Bournemouth

•Press tickets• Last night I went along to The Pavilion in Bournemouth to see Amelie on the stage. As is becoming quite a theme with these show reviews, I didn’t know much of what it was about beforehand, and I am actually enjoying going in blind, without any spoilers or preconceived ideas. All I knew was that the musical is based on the film of the same name, and that...

Holding onto Your Independence at Home

•Paid Post• A few months ago Ed, my mum, the kids and I were holidaying in nearby Somerset when we witnessed an elderly gentleman trip and fall over, hitting his head and badly cutting open his hand in the process. He was shaken up and all alone, without any family able to be contacted right away. We stayed with him whilst he waited for an ambulance, and I encouraged him...

A Family Holiday to The Lakes

I must admit, I do love a holiday abroad. There is something freeing to get on a plane and head away for a proper break from everything, but it simply wasn’t something that was in our budget for this summer, so instead we have booked a couple of small staycations in the UK instead over August. The first was a few days in The Lake District with family – there...